Everyone was going to play their part honestly, and not try and pretend to be good or bad guys.
I directed 24's pilot. I felt we should follow the characters around as if we were a documentary crew, using available light, hand-held cameras, split screens, sound that isn't always what it should be, to suit the reality of the premise.
There's no attempt to manipulate the audience. We made our choice at the start.
We shoot double episodes in 15 days in Los Angeles.
I had no special effects, no monsters running around, nothing blew up; those things are all things I've done so many times that they lose their allure after a while.
I have an adult emotional life and an editing system inside me which prevents me from being preposterously stupid.